Suppliers – contractors & consultants
Hiring a supplier
It is important to find a supplier (contractor, consultant or engineer) that you are comfortable with and that you are confident in meeting your projects requirements.
We do not provide a list of participating suppliers or endorse any service professionals.
These are some tips that may help you find a supplier that best fits your project’s needs.
Get 3 written quotes
We recommend getting 3 estimates/proposals in writing. Each estimate should include (as applicable):
- cost of labour, equipment and materials (names, models, size, etc.);
- total cost, including taxes and permit fees;
- expected payment schedule, including clear holdback amounts and timing of release;
- estimated work start and completion dates;
- a statement that the supplier carries liability insurance for property damage and Workers Compensation coverage;
- warranties or guarantees;
- what the supplier will clean up during the work and after completion;
- building owner responsibilities and the supplier’s responsibilities
- a statement that the supplier will instruct the building owner on the operation and maintenance of any equipment, and provide any required operation manuals.
Ask for referrals
- Ask your industry contacts or business partners for referrals. Find out who they have used in past projects and who they would recommend.
- Search online for local suppliers with great reviews or visit the Better Business Bureau.
Ask suppliers to provide customer references that you can contact, or current job sites that you can visit.
Ask the reference:
- about the supplier’s installation or service performance;
- if the job was completed on time and within budget;
- if there were any problems or delays (and if so, how they were handled and resolved);
- about the level of service and quality after completion of the job (for example, resolution of questions and issues, warranty services).
Ask suppliers questions so you feel more comfortable about the level of service and quality they can provide to your project.
Some examples include:
- What form of agreement do you require before undertaking the work?
- Do you carry property damage and other insurance coverage?
- How many projects similar to this have you completed?
- Are you and your staff members of a trade association or organization?
- Aside from yourself, who will do the actual work (employees, sub-trades)?
Ask for a written contract
When you hire a contractor, ask for a written contract. Before you sign the contract:
- read it carefully to make sure all the estimate details are included;
- review all terms and conditions and the fine print;
- seek legal counsel when you are not sure about anything;
- you and the supplier must initial any changes to the work or standard conditions on the contract.
Do not sign an incomplete contract and do not make a verbal agreement. A contract helps resolve disputes if the work is unsatisfactory or if there is any other disagreement between you and your supplier. As Manitoba Hydro will not be a party to any contract you have with your supplier, Manitoba Hydro cannot and will not act as mediator in any dispute or disagreement between you and your supplier.
Become a participating program supplier – contractor or consultant
As a participating supplier, you can offer our financing programs to your residential customers. Helping your customers gain access to financial support when making energy efficient upgrades can help you attract more clients and gain additional business. You will also have access to program information and materials online.
Registration is easy and participation is free of charge.